Pickle says….I was a very poorly boy last week, I came home from school on Tuesday feeling unwell, with a temperature. It turns out that I had scarlet fever – a huge shock to me – and Mummy! We want to share with you what you need to know about scarlet fever, in case one of your children gets it.
After a night of being super hot and generally unwell, Mummy took me the doctors on Wednesday morning. The Dr said I was brewing something, but not sure what. He mentioned scarlatina, but only in passing. He did not tell Mummy to keep me away from anyone else! After feeling more unwell through Wednesday and Thursday, Mummy took me back to the doctors, and this time my throat, ears and chest were showing signs of illness and the Dr said she thought it was scarlatina. Scarlatina is just another word for scarlet fever. The Dr took some throat swabs and prescribed me antibiotics.
What is scarlet fever?
•An infection causing a red / pink blotchy rash
*It is most common in young children
Symptoms of Scarlet Fever
*A fine rash over the body
*Bright red cheeks ( I only had this at night time)
When can you catch it?
As with chicken pox, it is contagious before the symptoms show, making it easy to catch. It is spread by droplets found in an infected person’s breath, coughs and sneezes.
It is contagious up to 24 hours AFTER you start taking antibiotics
What is the treatment?
*A course of antibiotics ( I was given Penicillin in medicine form – YUCK!)
*I had to drink loads and rest
What else should you know?
The worrying bit is the rash – you MUST make sure it blanches (disappears) when you press it. You can use the glass test too – press a small drinking glass gently on the skin and the rash should disappear underneath it. Please be gentle – my skin was really sore with the rash.
IF the rash does not disappear, or you are worried in any way, get medical help immediately.
My temperature peaked in the middle of the night – I was almost too hot to touch, but I told Mummy I felt cold.
Now I have had it, I shouldn’t get it again (a bit like with chicken pox).
I am still on antibiotics, it is important that I finish ALL the medicine to make sure I am completely over scarlet fever.
It was very scary for a couple of days, but once I started taking my medicine I started feeling better within a few hours.
Scarlet fever usually lasts about a week. I am back in school now, feeling loads better. I do have a nasty cough, and am really tired. I didn’t eat for a few days when I was really ill – I just drank lots and lots of water.
Full information can be found on the NHS website – if you are unsure or worried about anything, please get medical help straight away.
We hope no one you know gets this, but hope our post helps if you do.